Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- Tough Girl

Hello Lovelies,

Well, Autumn feels like it’s really here now. The thermometer has finally dropped below 20’c and it’s been raining on and off for the last few days. With the season change in mind, I’m going to answer a question I get asked a fair amount. How do you take the Rockabilly style through autumn and winter? I have to admit, I struggled with this a lot when I was younger, I was always trying to make my spring and summer items work for me through the winter with a bit of layering but it never always looked right or I was just freezing all the time. With time and experimentation comes experience and, after rocking the retro vibe for over half my lifetime, as well as a background in fashion, I feel I’m suitably qualified to give a little advice on this matter. These are by no means hard and fast rules, as always, dress for yourself, make sure you feel comfortable and forget about what other people might think! So, here are my autumn/winter rockabilly basics…

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs by misshoneybare featuring a wide belt

CLOTHING:

Black and white or navy and white striped long sleeve tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes.

White and/or black tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Fitted but not too tight.

Plaid flannel shirt- In a colour that suits you; red, navy and emerald are the classic colour options. Make sure it is super soft and not too tight.

A few pieces of knitwear- Fitted knitted cardigans, sweater sets and turtle neck, slash neck or round neck sweaters.

Zip up college style jacket- Can be layered under a warmer jacket/coat or worn alone as a jacket on the warmer autumn days.

Tailored, lined wool pencil skirt- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Go for plain black, tartan or leopard print.

High waisted turn up jeans- dark, black or mid wash denim- Freddies of Pinewood are my fave.

Tailored high waisted trousers or comfy swing trousers- Suitable for the office and super comfy. Go for black, navy or grey flannel or a even plain bold colour, such as red.

A versatile full skirted dress in a jewel tone that suits you- Something smart enough for evenings. This will double up as a full skirt.

A stretchy sleeved sweater/t-shirt dress in black, leopard print or a jewel tone that suits you- Sleeve length dependent on personal taste. Comfy AND sexy, bam!

Leather biker jacket- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Comfortable, chic and edgy. Every bad girl’s staple.

Full faux fur or faux fur trimmed coat- Depending on how brave you’re feeling. Some tailored coats come with a detachable furry collar trim for versatility.

Boots in a couple of different styles- Biker boots, lace up boots or furry lined ankle boots, depending on personal taste.

Some smart shoes- Creepers, brogues or saddle shoes work well. Again, depending on personal taste, or a pair of each.

Converse high tops- leather ones are better in wetter weather than the canvas ones. Buy a pair in a neutral colour like black, grey or brown.

A pair heels- Be them wedge heels or low heels, just as long as they are comfortable enough for daytime.

ACCESSORIES:

Bandana- Classic paisley, polka dot, leopard print, stripes. You can never have too many of these.

Hat or earmuffs- Furry leopard print ones are my personal choice for earmuffs. I also have a few berets. Something to keep your head/ears warm in the bitter cold.

Hair accessories- Bows, flowers, jeweled clips etc. Poinsettias and holly for xmas are a fun choice. Bows and sparkles add a little extra something. Get ones with the brooch fastening on the back for pinning to outfits and hats.

Braces/Suspenders- Plain black always work. They can be smart, fun or tough looking depending on how you wear them.

Woolly tights- In various colours, prints and patterns. Have fun with these, they really can make a difference to an outfit.

Skinny Belt and a wide belt- One of each at least. I love waist cinchers and obi belts at the moment.

Of course, a woolly hat, scarf and gloves should be on your winter wardrobe list too. Especially if it snows like it does here in England these days.

Now, you may think that the above pieces may not look overly rockabilly to you but remember, these are the basic items for your wardrobe. Everything else will be built off of and around these. They are fairly plain and neutral for the most part, this means they will mix well with other items. Also, it’s totally down to how you put them together and of course, the finishing flourish, your hair and makeup! So, here are some outfit examples using just the basic pieces above…

The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans by misshoneybare featuring short sleeve knit tops

The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress by misshoneybare featuring collar tops

The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt by misshoneybare featuring a red handkerchief

The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers by misshoneybare featuring purple tops

The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress by misshoneybare featuring logo shirts

That’s 30 different outfits right there. I didn’t even include the outerwear or hosiery, which would mix things up even more. Think how many more outfits you could create by adding in an extra pencil skirt, sweater or shirt! The key to winter wardrobes is always in the layering when it gets really cold. So layer a long sleeve tee over the check shirt and then a cardigan or a sweater over that. Wrap a scarf around your neck, add a woolly hat and the furry coat and you’ll be nice and cosy. I hope that you found this post helpful, let me know how you carry your style through the winter, I’m always interested in new ideas. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Build: The Style Grid

Hello Lovelies,

Earlier in the week I posted an Autumn/Fall workwear capsule wardrobe using items currently available on the UK high street. I used the style grid developed by Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb because I think it is simple to use yet really effective. I encountered Catherine’s blog last summer and became a little obsessed with creating mini capsules with her grid on Polyvore. I thought I’d share some of them with you here. Most of them are pretty colourful and fun. I hope they inspire you to create mini capsules with your own clothes and help you when you shop for new items.

This one is called ‘Slimy Pink’. It’s a play on the psychobilly look I love to rock on most occasions. Slime green is one of my favourite colours, it contrasts well with pink (and purple too). It’s kind of creepy but humorous too.

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Slimey Pink

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Slimey Pink by misshoneybare featuring a cotton knee length skirt

This one is called ‘Juicy Brights’. I think this is a great work wear capsule for summer time, the colours are so fun yet a few of the pieces are tailored and chic. Pink and orange are not seen together very often yet they harmonise well.

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Juicy Brights
The following one is called ‘Sly Green’. The various shades of green harmonise with one another and are taken back a bit with the black and grey pieces in the capsule. Check out those McQueen peep toe heels, drool!
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Sly Green
I named this capsule ‘Monochrome Splash’. A black and white set with splashes of bright red to lift it a little. These are the colours I used to wear almost exclusively for a good long while, black, red and white. Apparently tartan is on trend this season, so it seems every Autumn/Winter!
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Monochrome Splash
The final capsule I’m sharing with you today is called ‘Cute Chic’. Very overtly girly pieces mixed up with some tougher elements, like the DM boots and the spiked cuff.
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Cute Chic
And there they are. Which one is your favourite? I think mine are Monochrome Splash and Sly Green, they closely resemble my current style. I hope you enjoyed looking at them as I did putting them together. That’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading!
MHB
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Style Build: Introducing the Style Grid & Autumn Workwear

Photo by Alejandro Escamilla via Unsplash

Photo by Alejandro Escamilla via Unsplash

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s post is all about dressing for work this autumn/fall. I have put together a small capsule of items to get you inspired, drawing on the stunning colours we see during this season; burnt orange, deep reds, plums and gold. As soon as the weather cools, it seems many people turn to trusty old black to get them through the season, especially in the office. On the London Underground I see a mass of black swarming up and down the escalators and squeezing into trains. There’s nothing wrong with all black, I love it and it can be very very chic, this is simply an alternative for those of you wanting a bit more colour. Inject a little visual vibrancy into the office! All items are currently available on the high street, from budget friendly retailers like River Island, to higher end labels such as Reiss. I have used the style grid, a system developed by Catherine at Not Dressed As Lamb, it’s absolute genius and I applaud her for coming up with it! I think everyone will find it fun and easy to implement. It uses four pieces in the following groups; tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories. They are then put into the grid system and as you can see, whichever way you trace a straight line, you have a full outfit that includes one of each of the four categories, making up an outfit. You can go vertically, horizontally and diagonally. This will give you ten combinations. If you zig-zag along the lines, you can make even more outfits. Throw in a few toppers (cardies, sweaters, blazers etc) and you have rather a large selection of outfit options. This is a great way to start developing a capsule wardrobe if you’re unsure of how to begin, just make sure that the pieces mix and match (I’ll have a post on this at a later date). It’s also a great way to get you wearing those items in your wardrobe that rarely see the light of day. I do this on a regular basis, I use a capsule system (be it this one, or say, 333 or 30×30, all of which I will be posting about in due time) on a regular basis to ensure that I’m using all of my clothes and not getting stuck in a rut. This particular grid system will see you through at least three working weeks! Be your own stylist, get into your closet and see if you can come up with a style grid with stuff you own, or keep it in mind when you shop for your autumn/winter pieces.

Mini Capsule Wardobe- Autumn Workwear

Mini Capsule Wardobe- Autumn Workwear by misshoneybare featuring an amber bead necklace

The items included in this capsule are…

TOPS:

*Red Shell Top £16 Dorothy Perkins

*Burgundy Shirt Dress £45 Oasis at House of Fraser

*Gold Metallic Top £49 Planet at House of Fraser

*Purple Roll Sleeve Shirt £23 Dorothy Perkins

BOTTOMS:

*Green Polka Dot Jacquard Trouser ££35 River Island

*Purple Paisley Jacquard Skirt £22 River Island

*Black Leather Trim Trousers £120 Reiss

*Dark Brown High Waisted Leather Pencil Skirt £85 River Island

*Cream Colour Block Square Tote Bag £45 River Island

SHOES:

*Burgundy Quilted Ballet Flat £95 French Sole

*Two Tone Riding Boot £100 Schuh

*Purple Suede Platform Court Shoe £49.50 M&S

*Tan Wide Heeled Brogue £62 Office

ACCESSORIES:

*Amber and Silver Statement Necklace £295 Be-Jewelled at John Lewis

*Woven Basket Print Scarf £85 Jaeger

*Black Stretch Belt with Gemstone Fastening £15.99 Zara

*Apollo Statement Bangle £15 Accessorize

TOPPERS:

*Black Jersey Blazer/Cardi £30 River Island

*Neutral Cropped Rib Knit Zip Cardi £149 Reiss

*Orange Cut Away Jacket £225 Jaeger

*Vine Bloom Open Front Jacket £110 French Connection

*Cream Colour Block Square Tote £45 River Island

Below I have put together some examples of outfits using the pieces that were not joined on the grid by a straight line. Can you spot any others?

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Autumn Workwear; Outfit Ideas

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Autumn Workwear; Outfit Ideas by misshoneybare featuring knee high black riding boots

I hope you find the style grid as fun and as interesting to play with as I do. Let me know how you get on, I’d love to see some other people’s versions. In the meantime, that’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Roundup: Men’s Holdalls

Sonja Langford- Acorns via Unsplash

Sonja Langford- Acorns via Unsplash

Hello Lovelies,

With Autumn just around the corner, I get to planning weekend breaks in the country. I imagine enjoying long walks in the finally cool air and feeling the crunch of leaves beneath my boots. Curling up in an armchair in the corner of a local coffee shop, nursing a creamy hot chocolate and getting lost in a great book. Watching the sun set as it’s last golden rays make the red, orange and brown leaves scattered all over the ground shine…bliss! I do so much enjoy that we have seasonal weather, each brings with it it’s own sensual pleasures and unique beauty. So, wherever I plan to go, I need something to carry a couple of days worth of clothes in. I am really into men’s accessories at the moment. They’re so sturdy and smart and, well, masculine. Here I’ve picked of my favourite holdall bags currently on the market for you men (and women) out there who may also be planning an autumnal break.

Men's Holdalls- My Pick of the Best for Autumn 2013

Men’s Holdalls- My Pick of the Best for Autumn 2013 by misshoneybare featuring shoulder strap purses

Clockwise from top:

*Boden (£89)- Indigo cotton canvas holdall with a striped lining and chocolate brown handles and adjustable shoulder strap. A relaxed looking bag for those who prefer a less formal look.

*Nap-Sac (£270)- Coffee coloured holdall with contrast trim. A wopping 40 gallon capacity and cotton webbing lining. Durable and stylish.

*Reiss (£295)- Sleek, smart black classic holdall. Great for city and country breaks. Simple stitch details and silver hardwear.

*M&S (£149)- Italian style inspired chocolate brown leather holdall with plenty of pockets, for those of us who like to keep everything super organised.

*Barbour (£145)- As durable and practical as their iconic coats. This Barbour holdall will last you a lifetime and never go out of style.

*Reid & Hamilton (£260)- Brown holdall with a rather old fashioned feel about it. Another with plenty of pockets, this will wear beautifully with age.

*Superdry, available at Next (65)- Black nylon casual holdall. Great for active weekends and doubles as a great gym bag. One you can chuck about.

*Chapman (£259)- Tweed classic holdall with contrast trims and straps. Has a large padlocking compartment and waterproof middle layer. Adjustable and very smart looking.

*Peter Werth, available at House of Fraser (£150)- Gorgeous, minimal and unique looking holdall with one main compartment. Lined in a beautiful purple fabric. Minimal on the outside, flashy on the inside. Reminiscent of a Boateng suit.

Hopefully I’ve picked something to suit all tastes and budgets. I do believe that investing in a quality item will see it last you a lifetime if you treat it right. So what may seem expensive, is really a snip when you look at the cost per use ratio. Well, that’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Build: Creating a Capsule Wardrobe. An Introduction.

StyleHello Lovelies,

This post is the first in a series based on developing personal style and building a capsule wardrobe of basics that you can then add to season to season. I know I blog a lot about hair, makeup and baking mostly but I actually have a background in fashion. I did my degree in product design and development for fashion at the London College of Fashion and I have worked as a garment technologist, trims and accessories buyer, pattern cutter and style developer among other things in a career spanning almost 16 years (I started young! I got my first summer job at 14 cutting out patterns and sewing garments for a small boutique) before re-training as an mua and hair stylist.

Workroom

I’ve spent a lot of time working in a room like this.

I’ve styled shoots, been a personal shopper and cleared out/organised many wardrobes and closets in my time. So, I figured I’d share the lessons I have learned, my eye for style (which is relative, these are just guidelines) and love of design. I have noticed that a lot of the capsule wardrobe advice talks about ‘classic’ or ‘simple’ pieces as a foundation for your wardrobe. I’m here to show you that even those of us with a more alternative style can build and develop working basics without even the faintest whiff of a ‘plain white shirt’ if you don’t what to. Everyone is different, so why would the same pieces work for everyone’s wardrobe? I understand that they are meant to be the basic staples that the rest of your stuff works around but really, if you’d rather have a Little Orange Dress instead of a Little Black Dress, then why the hell not? And quite frankly, I consider leopard print to be a neutral.

Leopard Print

Totally a neutral in my book.

There’s no room for navy and beige in my basic wardrobe (but if there is in yours, well that’s fine too). I guess the deal with the usual advice is that a lot of people are genuinely unsure of what to wear, have never experimented with clothes or have never thought about it too much. But I don’t think that means we all have to walk around like carbon copies. I remember seeing so many women who looked chic on a trip to Milan. Very chic in fact, very well put together and yet, no personality, no individual style shone through and it was kind of weird (being a Londoner from the Islington/Camden area, I grew up being used to seeing all kinds of weird and wonderful styles growing up).

So, here are the things I plan on covering over the coming weeks…

* Clearing out your wardrobe. The good, the bad and the downright fugly: Helping you evaluate what you already have and recognising any style patterns. Shopping your wardrobe. Helping you work out what to keep, what to customise and what to get rid of.

Is this your wardrobe?

Is this your wardrobe?

* Personal Style: Building on the previous installment where we look at any style patterns emerging from your current wardrobe, I’ll also guide you in deciding if this is what’s right for you or if you feel you’d like to make some changes/try something new. Get inspired!

*Suits You Madam: What to wear to flatter your body shape, height and colouring. Explaining the whole ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ thing that style consultants go on about.Body Types- Women

* The Basics: The workhorses of your wardrobe. Evaluating your lifestyle and tailoring your key pieces to suit you. I’ll do a ‘classic’ capsule collection comparison against several examples of my own.

*Wardrobe Additions: How to add pieces into your wardrobe from season to season. When to splurge and when to save. Looking at how many pieces you truly need for a versatile wardrobe. Looking at the 333 project and the Style Grid.project333hanger*Accessories: The staple accessories that will help you change up your outfits and add personal flair to your look. How to take an outfit from day to night.

*Putting it all together: Looking at my example capsule wardrobes to show you how to create many different outfit combinations.

*Mini-Capsuling: How to put together small (yet perfectly formed) capsule wardrobes for various scenarios. Including, short city break, business trip, country weekender, beach holiday and Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender.

On top of that, I will be giving advice on how organise and store your clothes. How to fold things properly to save space and minimise creasing and tips on picking the right underwear for your outfits.By Rachel SylvesterI will be featuring some real life wardrobe hauls for you to see how I tackle other people’s closets in the real world. I’ll also be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding your wardrobe and style. Whether it’s a garment you love but have no idea what to wear with it, how to customise and update an item, or how to freshen up your favorite dress etc. Simply leave a comment or email me via the contact page if you rather it be private.

I’ll also be doing ‘How to Wear’ posts as part of the Style Build series. Styling up one item in many different ways to show you how versatile garments can really be when you put your mind to it.

*PHEW!* Well, that was a lot to take in but I really hope you will enjoy this new series. Until the next time, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Paris Trip: Capsule Wardrobe

Paris Capsule Header Photo

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Hello Lovelies,

I’m very excited because me and my Beau are heading to Paris for a four day break this week. Now, the holiday alone is great but I also really enjoy the pre-holiday ritual that is packing. I especially love putting together a small capsule of items from my closet, deciding what colours, patterns and accessories to use etc. Trying on outfit combinations and accessorising them in different ways and so on. Choosing the right number and combination of clothes and accessories to maximise outfit options can be tricky if you’re not quite sure how to do it. Here I’ll show you what I packed for my Paris break and some of the outfit combinations that can be achieved with those items.*

I recommend doing this a few days in advance, rather than the day before your trip. This way, if anything you wish to take needs washing, ironing, dry cleaning or mending, you can get it done in time. For me, my convertible wrap had a popper stud loose, my red belt buckle needed fixing and my favourite dress needed washing and ironing.

I decide what my inspiration is going to be. For this trip it is Disney (because of Disney Land Paris obvs’) and classic Parisian Chic. To me that means primary colours, bows, Minnie Mouse (Disney) and smart pieces like Capri pants, black and white stripes, beret’s, smart gloves (Parisian Chic). If you want to get really into it, you can make a mood board using Polyvore or Pinterest.

I then chose my colour palette. I chose black and white stripes, plain black and leopard print as neutrals (yep, leopard print is a neutral in my mind). I chose indigo blue/purple as my main colour and bright red as my accent colour to prevent the whole capsule being a bit too ‘flat’.

I’m going for four days and three nights so I need at least three whole day outfits, at least one evening option for Valentine’s evening and an outfit for traveling out, so that means I need at least five outfits. Even though I won’t be packing my traveling outfit, I still count it as it has to co-ordinate with the rest of the clothes. I like to make my holiday capsules as succinct as possible while also allowing a little wiggle room for sudden weather changes and my mood. If you pack exactly four outfits, that do not mix and match, then you’re stuck with them, even if you don’t feel like wearing them when you get there!

Here’s what I took…Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 01* 3 Casual tops (1 vest, 1 tee and 1 long sleeved).

* 2 Sweaters (1 bright long sleeved and 1 3/4 sleeved)

* 2 Bottoms (1 pair of Capri pants and 1 stretch pencil skirt)

* 1 Evening top.

* 1 Dress.

Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 02* 1 Blouse.

*  1 Warm tailored coat.

* 1 Convertible wrap.

* 1 Fluffy hat (as a little snow is forecast).

* 2  Pairs of shoes (comfy boots and a pair of heels).

I then picked out my accessories. These are what will add a little flair to the outfits and help to mix things up a bit.Paris Capsule. Accessories* 2 Scarfs (1 silky, 1 bandana).

* 1 Beret.

* 1 Pair of smart gloves.

* 2 belts (1 red and 1 black one that came with my coat).

* A load of hair accessories (Including bows, skele hands, flowers and Minnie Mouse ear clips).

* A load of jewellery (Some dressy and some more casual).

It’s worth taking lots of accessories as they take up very little space and they can really change up an outfit. Now, here’s the best bit, the outfit combos! I know I’m only going for four days but this little lot would see me through a whole month! I took photos of 25 outfits, I’m only posting 12 here as I think it may just be overkill to include them all. But I could have made more than 25 outfits if I had kept on going. I’m just showing this by way of example of how little you really do need to take. Here are some of the Capri pant combos…Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 05

Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 07 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 01Capri pants can be dressed up or down, they’re a classic item and a an alternative to jeans. Here are the skirt combos…
Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 04 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 05This pencil skirt is stretchy, so comfy for sightseeing. I really don’t like the idea of hopping all over town in a rigid, lined, tailored version. Again, it can be dressed up or down and worn with the striped tee, it looks like a dress. Here are the dress combinations…Paris Capsule Re-sized. Dress Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 06 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 08The dressiest item in the capsule. It can still be dressed down with boots, the convertible wrap worn as a draped cardigan and tough accessories. Worn with a sweater, it looks like a skirt.

So, as you can see, there are lots of ways to wear this small collection of clothes. I used items in different ways than intended too; hair clips on shoes, necklaces and belts. I turned the blouse upside down to make it into a draped front shrug jacket instead (over the leopard print dress), and used the same silky scarf tied different ways and used as a head band. Think outside the box! Of course, there are a couple more things required to take and that is an across the body bag (means you can be hands free and it’s harder to steal when you’re wearing it), a compact umbrella and a pair of sunglasses.

I wear my heaviest stuff on the journey out, so I’ll be wearing my boots, Capri pants, fluffy hat, chunky silver jewellery and my convertible wrap. Here’s my traveling outfit and everything packed. I haven’t included underwear, sleepwear, hosiery, toiletries etc as this is a wardrobe post, but even with all that extra stuff packed in my little wheelie case, it’s only 2/3 full. That leaves room for shopping!Paris Capsule Resized. PackingWell, that pretty much covers it. I know it’s a mammoth post but I wanted to share this with you. This is my last post before heading off to Paris, I won’t be posting while I’m away but I’ll be back with what I wore/got up to over there next week.

* I will be launching a new blog series when I return from Paris which will cover capsule wardrobes in depth. So if you’re confused by terms such as ‘accent colour’ ‘accessories capsule’ etc, all will be explained in the coming weeks. Consider this a taster. :)

That’s all for the next few days. Au revoir et merci pour la lecture!

MHB

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Look of the Day: Slimy Pyschobilly Shimmers

LotD 09Hello Lovelies,

Quick Look of the Day post. This was the hair and makeup I wore to last week’s Death Jam, complete with creepy accessories.

I primed my eyes and dusted them with a bit of translucent powder. I then used a shimmery lime green all over my lid and up to the crease. In the outer corner of the crease I blended in a pearly sea foam blue/green. Using the brush with the translucent powder on to blend out at the brown bone.

LotD 04I lined my eyes with black liquid liner ending in a wing. I used a long wearing black eyeliner to line my lower waterline. I finished off my eyes with two coats of jet black mascara.

LotD 02I penciled in my brows using a taupe colour and gave them a slight flick up at the ends. I blushed my cheeks with a wash of pink creme blush and added a beauty mark with the liquid liner.LotD 03 I then used a bright juicy pink lipstick on my mouth and blotted it back slightly so that my eyes were the emphasis.

LotD 05I piled all of my hair up on top of my head in neat little barrel curls and stand up pin curls. I made a little side rolled fringe and tied in a lime green chiffon scarf. I added a few creepy accessories for good measure. LotD 07 LotD 06 LotD 01LotD 08 Although the shimmery green shadow is quite a bright colour, it hasn’t shown up as well on my photos (bad lighting, tsk!). Although this makeup and hair was for an evening event, it’s a look I like to wear in the day too. Bright colours cheer me up, especially in the depths of winter!

Well, that’s all for today, as always, thank you kindly for reading. Until next time. <3

MHB

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One dress, Two Different Ways.

Birthday outfit 1bHello Lovelies,

An outfit post for you today. For two out of the four days of birthday celebrations I had a couple of weeks ago, I wore the same dress. A home made 1980s batwing full skirted dress to be precise and I paid a mere £10 for it in Camden about 9 years ago. It’s served me well and I believe the trick to getting a lot of wear out of something is as follows…

a) Buy something classic, e.g Black pencil skirt, LBD, White shirt etc.

b) Buy something well made so it can survive a lot of wear and tear.

c) Buy something that ticks both a and b and you’re onto a real winner!

Front.

Front.

Back. Deep V.

Back. Deep V.

Full skirt.

Full skirt.

The dress is kind of a mixture of both as it has a classic 50s feel to it, it’s fairly well made in a durable cotton but the giant polka dots make it quirky and fun. It has a bateau neckline, nipped waist and, 3/4 sleeves and a very full skirt. The trick is to then learning how to wear it in different ways to make it versatile. And by wearing it different ways, I don’t just mean by pairing it with a different pair of shoes/belt/sweater etc, I mean also trying to put it on in different ways. Turn it back to front, turn it upside down, twist it, pleat and pin it, fold it, have fun! Here’s an example…

Birthday outfit 1aBirthday outfit 1cOn my birthday I wore the dress as a skirt. I simply turned the torso inside the dress, so that only the skirt part was visible. I teamed it with a black and white striped long sleeve top, pink sweater, pink tights and patent boots. Oh, and a leapord print hat/scarf with ears thing I made last summer. I also wrapped one side of the skirt across the front and pinned it to the side to give it an asymmetric drape.

Birthday outfit 2aBirthday outfit 2bThat weekend I wore same dress but this time I wore the dress properly, I pulled up a corner on the left and right front and pinned into place. I added a bow brooch to one side and finished the outfit off with a black 3/4 sleeve sweater, black tights and metallic silver converse…and pink animal ears, why not?

I think I may do a series on wearing the same thing different ways, I may even post more outfits with the same dress. I’d love to see how you dress up your favourite items to get more wear out of them.

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading as always.

MHB

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Face Up: Snow Princess

Hello Lovelies,

Quick extreme makeup post. I’m calling it ‘Snow Princess’. I didn’t want to go with the obvious blue/green tones and so opted for pink instead. Lots of shimmer and glitter were involved too.

Eyes:

  • Base- Shade 9 from the MUA Immaculate Collection Palette.
  • Inner Eye- 17 Solo Glitter Shadow in Style Queen, topped with Barry M Dazzle Dust in White
  • Centre Lid- Dusted with a small amount of Glitter by Gemma Kidd,. Crushed Jewel in Lolite.
  • Outer Eye- A blend of Shade 3 from the MUA Immaculate Collection Palette and Sugarpill’s Dollpop.
  • Cut Crease- Rimmel kohl liner in White, set with Sugarpill’s Tako (taken all the way upto brow).
  • Eyeliner- Sugarpill’s Dollpop used wet as a liquid liner.
  • Eyebrows- Coloured in with Rimmel kohl pencil in White and set with Sugarpill’s Dollpop.
  • Lower Lash Line- Outer edge, Sugarpill’s Dollpop used wet as a liquid liner. Inner corner, Rimmel kohl liner in white, set with Sugarpill’s Tako and topped with Collection 2000 Glam Crystals in Hustle.
  • Mascara- Rimmel Scandaleyes in Black.
  • False lashes- Ends of a strip set, customised with pink paint, glitter and sequin stars.

Lips:

  • Liner/Lipstick- Rimmel lip liner pencil in Indian Rose. I used this to fill in the whole lip shape.
  • Outline- Rimmel kohl pencil in white.
  • Gloss- Barry M lipgloss in Strawberries and Cream.

Cheeks:

  • Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in Flushed and Nars powder blush in Desire.

Base:

  • Bourgois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in Pale Vanilla, mixed with Barry M Dazzle Dust in White.

Wig:

Customised and decorated by me.

I wish I could have gone out like this but I had too many practical things to get on with and it would have just been silly. Oh well, next time! That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Feeling Glum in the Winter Weather? Style tips to lift your mood

Hello Lovelies! I’ve been feeling a little down with all this cold weather and the winter darkness. I’ve been trawling Gala Darling’s website for a colour fix, her site is full of sparkle, hot pink, leopard print and cute stuff. I started reading her ‘Style Tips’ section and thought I would share a few of my favourites with you and then a few of my own nuggets of life earned style advice to cheer your days (they are of course, my personal tips and by no means meant to be seen as rules, they were made for breaking!)…

Gala’s Tips (I have paraphrased a few of these but you can find all of the originals on her site):

  • Dye your hair a radical colour (makes me miss my pink but my hair got so wrecked).
  • Dress as your favourite fictional character.
  • Buy some funny slippers (I love these Zombie ones!).
  • Write a style mission statement.
  • Wear more glitter (as I mentioned in my previous post, I totally plan on doing this).
  • Buy some gorgeous lingerie. (I collect WKD undies, retro, glam and totally affordable)
  • Wear sparkle hairspray (I looked for some the other day but couldn’t find any, boo!)
  • Wear false eyelashes to the supermarket.
  • Cut the tags out of your underwear.
  • Buy a really bright umbrella for brightening up a dreary day (I use a leopard print one and it always cheers me up when I use it).
  • Create a collage for a wardrobe you’d kill for. Polyvore, magazines and glue, Pinterest etc. (Here’s one of my Pinterest wardrobe boards, black, white and red all over).

Miss Honey Bare’s Tips:

  • Wear a bright lipstick. I love reds and hot pinks. My faves are from Rockalily.
  • Wear a hat and gloves for instant glamour.
  • Find a perfume you love and wear it all the time. My favourite is ‘Lady Boy‘ by Lush. It smells like bananas and Parma Violets and is a unisex scent. Awesome! Spritz it on areas you want to have kissed; nape of the neck, decolletage, lower back, inner thigh etc….ooh la la!
  • Paint all of your fingernails and toe nails a different colour. Even better, dip the ends in glitter afterwards for extra drearyness-fighting fabness.

    Rainbow Nails- Nightly Nails

  • Buy two pairs of knickers to each bra when you purchase a lingerie set.
  • Always hand wash your (fancy) underwear and stockings. No need to hand wash those cotton M&S pants (unless you really like hand washing).
  • Wear statment rings. I like to wear them as I tend to move my hands a lot when I talk like a stereotypical Italian, so they always get noticed. Mary Portas always wears great rings and she seems to have an endless supply of them, jealous!
  • Wear a hair accessory. It dresses up even the plainest of outfits. If you take a peek of my ‘Look of the Day’ posts, you’ll see I always have something pretty in my hair. I’ve been doing it for so many years that I feel under dressed without something in/on my hair. Also, vintage/rockabilly/pyschobilly hair styles just look so much better with a hair accessory added in.
  • Sunglasses. Big, small, cat eye, new, vintage. Doesn’t matter. They always look glam and are great for the glaring winter sun on those fresh days. You can spy on cuties without them knowing AND hide those tired eyes too. Just don’t wear them at night, we’ve all seen those people. Not cool.
  • Dress for style AND comfort. I don’t care what fashion dictates. I love crazy heels but I don’t wear them out dancing. I’m with Caitlin Moran on this one. Feminism will have won when an actress collects her Oscar wearing flip flops, covered in diamonds. I always wear flat shoes, boots or low heels for big nights out. I also make sure they are pretty/cool too. You CAN have both. Your feet will thank you and you’ll be able to actually dance all night and enjoy yourself.
  • Wear winged eyeliner. Cat eyes are seriously sexy and are easy to do once you get the hang of it. Read my blog post on creating the perfect winged eyeliner.

So there you have it. Some of my fave gloom fighting style tips for the winter blues. Thank you kindly for reading. x